Aspen Colorado's Most Popular Bike Routes and Trails: Pedal Through Paradise via Mountain Bike, e-Bike, Road Bike, and More

Stephanie Kroll

Aspen's Roaring Fork Valley is not just a skier's haven but also a cyclist's paradise, offering a plethora of bike routes that cater to all levels of riders. From leisurely rides with stunning views to challenging climbs leading to breathtaking mountain peaks, Aspen has it all. Four Mountain Sports makes exploring these routes even more accessible with their convenient bike rental delivery and drop-off service. Let's dive into some of Aspen's most popular bike routes, promising unforgettable adventures on two wheels.

Routes from Aspen

Aspen to Snowmass Base Village (Via Owl Creek): This direct route features a steady climb and passes by scenic ranchlands, ending with a rewarding descent into Snowmass Base Village.

Aspen to Snowmass Base Village (Via Brush Creek): Following the Rio Grande Trail to Brush Creek Road, this slightly longer route offers a beautiful downhill stretch before a moderate climb to Snowmass, showcasing stunning vistas.

Aspen to Woody Creek Tavern: A favorite day trip for locals and visitors alike, this ride offers a gentle descent along the Rio Grande Trail to the legendary Woody Creek Tavern, a perfect spot for a mid-ride meal.

Maroon Bells: Arguably North America's greatest ride, the journey to Maroon Bells is a challenging ascent rewarded with iconic views of the twin peaks. Consider an e-bike rental for this climb.

Aspen to The Tipsy Trout (in Basalt): Enjoy a scenic ride down the Rio Grande Trail to Basalt, where you can relax at The Tipsy Trout before deciding on a leisurely return via RFTA buses or cycling back.

Aspen to Lenado: This less-traveled route offers a beautiful ride to the edge of the Hunter/Frying Pan Wilderness, showcasing Aspen's natural beauty beyond the beaten path.

Other Must-Ride Trails

Rio Grande Trail: Stretching from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, this trail offers 42 miles of scenic views perfect for families and long-distance riders alike.

Hunter Creek: Known as “Smuggs,” this route presents a challenging mix of steep and rocky trails for the more adventurous rider, offering breathtaking views as a reward.

Sky Mountain Park: Created by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, this trail features stunning vistas of the Roaring Fork Valley and diverse terrain to satisfy avid cyclists.

Snowmass Bike Park: Ideal for beginners and families, this park offers lift-service trails, a skills park, and mini pump track, making mountain biking accessible to everyone.

Sunnyside Trail: Connecting Red Mountain to the Hunter Creek Valley, this intermediate trail offers challenging sections complemented by incredible views of the valley and Elk Mountain Range.

Embrace Aspen's Cycling Culture

Whether you're looking for a gentle ride through aspen groves, a challenging climb to iconic mountain peaks, or a family-friendly trail with breathtaking views, Aspen's cycling routes offer something for every rider. With Four Mountain Sports' convenient bike rental service, exploring these routes is easier than ever. So gear up, choose your adventure, and pedal through the unparalleled beauty of Aspen's landscapes, making memories that will last a lifetime on the trails of this mountain biking paradise.


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